West Ham move for Fletcher breaks down

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that the club’s attempts to sign Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher have broken down, the Guardian has reported.

The Scot looked set to be moving to the Hammers after entering advanced talks, but it appears that the two parties could not reach an agreement over the terms of the transfer, with Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal claiming they changed their mind and wanted to complete a loan deal for Fletcher rather than sign him on a permanent basis.

“I thought Darren was going to sign a contract,” said van Gaal. “But at the end they look for a loan and that was not the agreement. When you allow your player to go to London for the medical, there is no problem. At the end there is no agreement, it is strange.

“I don’t know what is happening there but the agreement is different there. On Saturday it is off.”

Fletcher has been made available for transfer by United, who are unlikely to renew his contract, with current deal set to expire at the end of the season. West Bromwich Albion were also interested in completing a deal, and after this latest development could make a new bid to bring him in before the transfer window shuts at 2300 GMT on Monday.

Despite helping the club to win six Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Champions League among other trophies, Fletcher has been out of favour under van Gaal, making just five Premier League starts.

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